Cities in Montana

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This page contains a list of cities in Montana, and other information about local governments.

Montana allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 54 total counties in Montana. Of those 54:[1]

There are 129 total municipalities in Montana. Of those 129, 97 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 32 are Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Montana consists of:

  • 129 city governments.
  • 54 county governments.
  • In addition, there are 736 special districts and 321 independent school districts.[2]

City classifications:

Cities in Montana may be classified as:

  • Charter city: of which there are 32
  • General law city: of which there are 97

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Montana

The local units of government in Montana that make the initiative process available are:

  • General law cities, which have a state mandated initiative and referendum process for ordinances. There are 97 such cities.
  • Charter cities, which have the same state mandated initiative and referendum process for ordinances, as well as for charter amendment. Unlike in some other states, charter cities may not differ from the general law initiative requirements. There are 32 such cities.
  • General law counties, which have a state mandated initiative and referendum process for ordinances. There are 51 such counties.
  • Charter counties, which have a state mandated initiative and referendum process for ordinances and charter amendments. There are 3 such counties.[3]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Montana
City[4] Population City Type Next election
Billings 105,636 Charter N/A
Missoula 67,290 Charter N/A
Great Falls 58,950 Charter N/A
Bozeman 38,025 Charter N/A
Butte 33,704 General law N/A
Helena 28,592 Charter N/A
Kalispell 20,008 General law N/A
Havre 9,600 General law N/A
Anaconda 9,299 General law N/A
Miles City 8,438 General law N/A

Full List of Cities

A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there are 129 incorporated cities and towns in Montana. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.[5]

See also

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